The city’s water woes seem to be ending with Thumbe Vented Dam in Bantwal taluk receiving inflow and reaching the level of 6.2 foot on Monday.
In spite of pumping water continuously for supplying water to the citizens, the water level has not reduced in the dam. With this, if the water is supplied once in three days, the water available will be sufficient till June 10.
The release of water from the Nekkilady Vented Dam in Belthangady taluk has increased the inflow of water in the Thumbe Vented Dam. On May 20, the water level at Thumbe was 3.9 foot. The gates of the Nekkilady dam were opened on May 17, following District In-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai’s order on May 16. The Nekkilady dam is at a distance 28 km from Thumbe. Rain in the upstream has increased the water level in Nekkilady, Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Dr H N Gopalakrishna said.
He said the water level in the dam was 5.4 foot on Sunday. However, the water level reached 6 foot at 12 noon with the increase in inflow of water. By Monday evening, the water level in the dam reached 6.2 foot.
As the dam is likely to have inflow of water for next three days, the water level will increase further, Gopalakrishna said.
The maximum storage capacity of the dam is 13 foot. Once the water level reaches 4 foot, then water cannot be lifted from the dam.
In fact, Subrahmanya and other areas have received rainfall in the last few days. As a result, the inflow of water in the river Kumaradhara has increased.
The water from Thumbe Vented Dam has failed to reach the elevated areas in Mangaluru. Water is supplied through tankers to the areas which have not received water from the dam. A total of 18 tankers and 30 water tanks mounted on pick-up vehicles are being used for supplying water, he added.